W. G. E. Woodard
Service no. M2/079669
Lance Corporal, Army Service Corps, 364th Mechanical Transport Coy.
Died of wounds on 12 August 1918, aged 55
CWGC: “Son of William and Frances Woodard; husband of H. S. Woodard, of 65 Pulross Rd., Brixton, London.”
Remembered at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France
Information from the censuses
William George Edwin Woodard, 47 in 1911, is the oldest of the men on the Memorial that I have been able to identify. He was born about 1864 and worked as a taxi driver. His address in 1911 was the 16 Canterbury Road, Brixton, which he shared with his wife, Helena Sylvia Woodard (née Robshaw), 49, born in Holborn, central London; sons William Woodard, 23, a taxi driver, born in Southwark, and Frederick Woodard, 21, an assistant in a grocer’s shop, born in Lambeth; mother-in-law Eliizabeth Robshaw, 78, from Witham, Essex; May Robshaw, 21, an assistant in a draper’s shop, born in St. Pancras; cousin Frederick Robshaw, 33, a single bookbinder’s assistant, born in Kennington; and Dorothy Sherry, 22, a single grocer’s shop assistant from Hampton Wick, west London. Another of William and Helena’s children lived elsewhere. The couple had lost two other children. The family occupied seven rooms. In 1901 the Woodard family lived at 39, Chester Street, north Lambeth.